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    January 4, 2010
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i've seen that. patti ann: i'm path i ann brown in for megyn kelly. gregg: i'm gregg jarrett: joan joan good morning, travelers flying to the u.s. facing a whole new security as the fed beefs up security for passengers known for harboring terrorists. the question is will this be enough to keep us completely safe. jon: starting off with a sliver, most of the country dealing with subfreezing temperatures, even florida facing a frigid first week of the new year. what does it mean for you? jane: what global recession? take a lack -- take a look, the world's tallest skyscraper in dubai. you're seeing the festivities here. we're expecting fire works soon. this is a vertical city. we'll tell you just how tall
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it is, and show you live pictures from there as soon as we get them. jon: president obama returns from the hawaiian vacation as new questions arise about the administration's plans to sent more gitmo detainees to yemen, a union where al-qaeda has a growing presence and where the suspect in that botched christmas terror attack admits he was trained by terrorists. major garrett is live for us at the white house. major, why is yemen still considered a possible destination for some of the guantanamo death knees? >> because the administration says first of all many detainees still at guantanamo are due to go back to yemen because that's the country of origin. it was under the bush administration and under the obama administration and the obama administration points out far larger numbers of detainees were released by the bush administration from guantanamo than the obama administration. though it's a case by case basis, the obama administration will consider sending detainees of --
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detainees back to their country if they are secure. many have been imprisoned by the yemeni government. it's not as if they're running around the streets. and john brennan talked about that on fox news sunday. let's take a listen. >> the guantanamo facility must be closed, it's served as a propaganda tool for al-qaeda. we're determined to close if. -- close it. we're not going to do anything to put americans at risk. working closely with the yemeni government, right now we're looking at other detainees in guantanamo, from yemen, and we are going to take the right steps, but we're not going to do anything to put americans at risk. jon: bottom line is guantanamo is the greater risk to the united states and the obama administration argues by keeping it open it's not only a propaganda tool but a tool that al-qaeda and its various allyies -- although is used to encourage attacks on the united states like the kind on christmas day. the united states says it's
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committed to closing guantanamo but the timeline is more extended than the president originally hoped. he originally set a january 10 meeting, as the deadline but it's clear it will not be closed before 2011 at the earlier. jon: i know the administration doesn't like the phrase war on terror but if there is a war on terror going on, yemen seems to be the new front, is that right? >> it is a newer front, as far as public perception. the administration would argue it has been focused on yemen since it arrived here, as was the bush administration to a certain degree. david petraeus, head of central command, was on yemen on saturday, john brennan told chris wallace he had been twice this year and yes, the administration is trying to beef up its counterterrorism to the yemeni government. one concession, if the united states takes military action, it has to rely on the yemeni government, and great britain has closed embassies there. the yemeni government has carried out more raids near
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the capitol of sanaa, so clearly the united states has been working closely with the yemeni government, putting them in the lead to provide counterterrorism advice and money where needed. jon major garrett, thank you. jane: the federal government is clamping down on federal airport security, ordering for tighter security. travelers from 14 countries known to harbor terrorists, including nigeria and yemen, will be subject to additional security measures such as body scans and patdowns. let's get to laura ingle at newark international in new jersey where there was a security breach there last night. we want to start with what we need to know about these new measures. >> hi jane, a new near and new guidelines will hopefully bring safer international flights into the united states and the new tsa guidelines we're talking about went into effect at midnight, which many believe will make things safer and was absolutely the right thing
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to do. we're talking about enhanced screening. it is now in effect for travelers flying into america from state sponsors of terrorism and other countries of interest, which also include iraq, afghanistan, pakistan, and saudi arabia. now, that means not only will there be full body patdowns and carry-on checks that you mentioned but full body descreeng and the use of explosion detection technology in airports that have the equipment. not every airport does. according to the tsa, this is part of their statement, quote, the new directive includes long term sustainable security measures, developed in consultation with law enforcement officials, and our domestic and international partners. but jane, there is word this morning that there is some confusion at european airports. britter and swiss officials are said to be reviewing the new rules, and the associated press reporting this morning in spain -- and saying u.s. found passengers from countries on the watch lists are not being singled out for patdowns, so clearly, still some work ahead. jane: laura, what's the
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reaction from security experts on this? also i know civil rights groups have commented on this. >> we're hearing that word profiling. a lot of civil rights groups are voicing their opinion on this, saying by singling out travelers from the countries that we mentioned does equate to profiling, and wrongly implies travelers as really singling them as terrorists, but we also just got a statement from the u.s. travel association, saying that the new tsa security policies are appropriate. that aviation and security experts we've been speaking to over the last 24 hours on this say this was long overdue and again the right action. jane: laura, i want to ask you about what happened there last night, the security breach, and what you've been able to learn this morning about the person who supposedly walked through without going through a metal detector. >> what a mess. you've probably seen the tape, of thousands of travelers stacked up, all the people that had gone through security, around 5:20 here at newark international airport had to
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be corralled back out of security, they had to be rescreened, all of this because a man went through the exit, an area that was in the security area and went right in without being checked, everything went into lockdown. we've learned in the last 30 minutes that the man reportedly, according to security officials here, went out of the airport, so he was only in the airport for about 20 minutes, and they he left. they still don't know who he is, where he went, what he was doing. that part is still under investigation. but i can tell you here at newark right now, all flights seem to be running on time. security is certainly moving at a very good pace right now. jane: remarkably calm, at least in the area you're standing, laura. thank you. so what do you think about these current tsa screening processes? are they enough? go to fox news.com, click right on where it says you decide, you can see it at the red arrow, vote in our unscientific poll. right now 83 percent say these are not enough. a lot more needs to be done
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to protect passengers. 13 percent say the screening processes seem to be working. what do you think? you can weigh in. we'll keep watching it. jon: a health care debate back on the front burner today. in 20 minutes senator dick durbin of illinois will hold a news conference to talk about the bill passed on christmas eve. the big question for many americans now, what could this legislation end up costing me. jim engle with some answers from washington. jim, with about a trillion dollars health care reform bill in each house, they both had to come up with a way to pay for it, right? >> a sizeable sum here, jon. yes, both the house and senate would cut about $500 billion from medicare. they're a like in that sense. lots of questions about whether or not they'll actually follow through on that. if so, what the impact would be on seniors but they also need a lot of new revenue. the house would raise it by imposing a 5.4% surtax on those with gross income of
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$500,000 or more a year. strictly a money-raising move, with no impact on health care itself, suspended -- the senate on the other hand raises revenues through a 40 percent tax on so-called cadillac plans, health insurance that costs more than $23,000 a family. >> we have to come up with serious financing, and this is an obvious place to do it. it's the largest untaxed fringe benefit in the u.s. tax code so i think the money drove them to it. >> obama advisers say the tax is aimed at benefits like the ones that wall street bankers had, but the vast majority of those with such plans are actually union members, and state government employees, jon. jon: what happens to the health plans when you put a 40 percent tax on them? >> everyone knows at first the 40 percent tax will be passed on and that as a result, many of those plans will get too expensive and will slowly disappear, but there's an even bigger result that has gotten little attention. that is this move will result in larger tax bills for middle class families. the reason it leads to a tax
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increase is because it's those -- as union members lose health care benefits which are untaxable the senate is assuming they'll get wages to replace them, which are taxable. as a result, the senate is counting on raising $160 billion in taxes, new taxes, over ten years. the majority of which come from the middle class. >> what's happened, of course, is what was originally thought of as a cadillac plan are, you know, a lot of those folks that have cadillac plans have chevy wages. and that's what has made it, you know, somewhat controversial and a real issue of contention. >> president obama has embraced and defended this tax, but it clearly breaks his pledge not to raise taxes on incomes lower than $250,000. jon: didn't president obama criticize a similar proposal when john mccain had that during the campaign? >> absolutely, for instance, take a look at this ad from the campaign. >> mccain would make you pay
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income tax on your health insurance benefits, taxing health benefits for the first time ever. we can't afford john mccain. >> now, senate democrats did it a little differently, taxing plans instead of the individuals. the effect is the same. and president obama is now in favor of it. jon? jon: interesting how that works. jim angell in washington, thanks. jane: we are learning more about raids, the secures forces in yemen are launching against the suspected terrorists there. this is a valid question. is one of the poorest countries in the world equipped to fight al-qaeda? we'll talk about it next.
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jane want to get to harris in the newsroom, she's watching something you might want to see from dubai. >> it is the world's tallest building, but they have just now inaugurated in the last couple of minutes, the ruler of dubai inaugurating the world's tallest building. we're waiting now for the fireworks. it is 2684 feet tall. i want to give you a little bit of a glimpse on what that means. the second tallest building is 1000 feet shorter than that, the tapai in taiwan, and remember the sears tower, the willis? it's only 14 # 50, it's only 1450, the willis tower in chicago. the burj in dubai? twice that height, at least nearly, just a couple hundred feet short of that. we're talking 22 million hours of manpower to make this happen, and you see
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some of the fireworks that are getting set to happen. they've had some lights out on the river here, but a lot of people showing up in dubai. partly owned by the government, but not part of that struggling financial problem of dubai world, so they're really celebrateing this as a big success in that part of the chorld. back to you guys. jane: i know you'll continue to watch it harris, thank you. jon: the stress of an al-qaeda attack in yemen forcing the shutdown of the u.s. and british embassying for -- embassies for a second day, this comes as security forces in yemen work to root out terrorists there. two militant fighters were killed in sanaa but does one of the poorest nations in the arab world have what it takes to go up against al-qaeda? let's talk with it -- talk about it with robert jordan, former ambassador to saudi arabia. what about it, yemen was described over the weekend as almost a failed state. do they have a chance against al-qaeda? >> they have a chance, jon, but they need a lot of help. they're not a failed state
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yet, but they certainly can't control their borderringses, they can barely control the capitol city of sanaa, so i think they are a worrisome place now. they clearly are not up to handling the al-qaeda threat by themselves. jon what about the possibility of sending in troops, is that something the united states should consider, the president's national counterterrorism adviser, john brennan, said no. >> i don't think so, because landing troops there would be a symbolic act that would simply outrage the population and the targets we need are not visible, they reside either in desert or mountainous areas or with the population. what we really need is a program to turn the population around so that they do a lot of the work. they turn in their nephews, neighbors, cousins. we saw this very suck free -- successfully in saudi arabia and this is a campaign the yimanyies need to step up to. jon: but saudi arabia is a
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different country with a much stronger government. >> much stronger government and much greater resources. we're going to have to help provide those resource but we simply can't occupy another country. what happens next if they go to somalia or jubudy or something like that, we have to give the local government the tools to work with. we can provide support, training, and certainly a lot of financial support which the yemenis desperately need but bringing troops in is not the answer. jon now that we've closed down our embassy, that might be a prudent move in the short run but doesn't it make us look in some ways weak, make us look like we're couring from al-qaeda? >> quite the opposite. i think this is something you do when there's a specific threat that you aren't sure that you can deter. it really is more a commentary on the ability of the local host government to protect you. we did this several times in saudi arabia, we've done it other places around the world. this will not last forever, this will be a matter of days, perhaps, before the embassy is reopened.
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after the subject of this threat has been dealt with or the threat has been better analyzed -- but you don't want your employees, who are coming to work, coming and going, to be under this kind of risk. you don't want the local citizens who are in and out of that embassy to be subject to risk. and you don't want american citizens who are coming in and out of that embassy to be subject to the risk. so you've got to occasionally shut it down, if you have a very specific and credible threat, as appears to be the case here. jon: so if you were the ambassador there and phoned home to the obama administration with advice, what would you tell them to do? >> i would tell them to step up the local participation and counterterrorism efforts to insist on abdullah saleh, the president of yemen, providing vigorous support and not the sport of -- the sort of on and off support we've seen from the over the past ten years. this is a critical situation and i think the president of this government has got to step up to it. they have a corrupt, inept
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government that has got to receive support from us and i think it's time we do that. >> jon: corrupt and inevident government in yemen, you're talking about. >> that's correct. jon: thank you, former ambassador to saudi arabia, thank you. jane: we're watching the weather, and it's all about dressing in layers and in so much of the country. how long will the deep freeze last and could it actually affect the -- affect the economy in some places. i was in southern florida and we were wearing coats and hats in the morning. we'll talk to rick lev enthal, he's outside, in a moment.
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jon: a tragic freak accident in san diego, a 66-year-old eating breakfast at a carl's jr. restaurant was killed when a car slammed right into the building. the honda crv was doing 50 miles an hour when it plowed into the booth where
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the victim was sitting. the driver of that car also hurt was taken to the hospital. no word on the driver's condition. jane want to get to developments out of iraq. the prime minister is insisting his country will not abandon the case of 17 iraqis shot dead by members of a u.s. security firm two years ago. a judge threw out charges against the blackwater security team accused of opening fire on these people in the middle of the baghdad intersection. nouri al-maliki is vowing justice for those killed. let's get to dominic, what has is the prosecution intended to do about the blackwater situation now? >> it plans to have two cases, one in the united states and one here in iraq. the court case in the united states is particularly encouraged by the fact that the six blackwater guards originally pleaded guilty to charges of voluntary manslaughter and attempts to commit manslaughter and started to cooperate with
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prosecutors. they now think that there is grounds there to actually push the case forward. the biggest problem here, however, is all americans were operating under an immunity agreement between the u.s. and iraq post the 2003 invasion, and so what they are trying to do is post humously prosecute the six guards in full. that's going to be very tricky for it to do but the prime minister is describing it as unacceptable, specifically the ruling issued by the american court, acquitting these men of the crime of killing a number of citizens. malaki says he's going to do everything to support the families to push forward this case in the united states, in a bid to reach justice for the 14 who were killed and many others were injured. it's going to be a very, very complicated case in the united states. here in iraq, they will want to call all six security guards to actually answer to the charges.
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they are pretty sure those men will be unlikely to return to iraq. after all, who would want to face iraqi justice given the state of the justice system at the moment, which is -- what remains to be seen is when the iraqi authorities put the case to the u.s. courts and how exactly that will actually pro. it's going to be tricky from a legal point of view but politically very important here in iraq, because iraqi citizens want some form of justice, to see that the iraqis are no longer under foreign control or influence and the government has to deal with the security situation like this, govern the security problems they have on their own soil. back to you. jane: we'll continue to watch that, dominic, thanks. jon: an attempted terror attack on board a jet, on board christmas day, surviving hot debate and how to handle threat. are the politics of terror updeesing your safety?
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jon: take a look at dubai, burj dubai, the world's tallest building. they are getting ready for the grand opening. the festivities actually underway as we've been telling you. but the big fireworks display is about to kick off. that is going to be monumental. this thing is more than 2600 feet high, half a mile high, if you think about it. the world's tallest building getting ready to open in dubai as they continue the festivities with what is sure to be an amazing fireworks show. we'll take you there live. in the meantime, there is air force one, just touching down live andrews air force base, the president and his family returning from their vacation in hon lieu lu. it is -- honolulu, it's back to work time, lots of issues ahead for the president, including weighing in on that health care bill, the senate and house have two very different versions. the democrats on both sides
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are going to have to fight that one out, the president is clearly going to have to lean wun way or the other. we'll keep you up to date on that and other activities as the president gets back to work. jane: not sure how much r & r he got on that vacation. in the wake of the plot to blow up the airplane in de -- detroit the obama administration has faced debate. some of it heated. the bem in yemen is closed over security concerns today. the white house is defending the decision to close it after it says intelligence indicated al-qaeda was planning an attack in the capitol. here's what critics are saying. take a listen. >> closing the embassy in yemen last night, no one wants state department officials put at risk but that is a sign of weakness. closing the embassy? we can't protect our own embassy in yemen? we have special operations force necessary place? you say we're working with
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the government on the front lines in the war on terror and there's a terror threat and we close the embassy? that's a victory for al-qaeda. jane: jennifer miller is a director of public affairs at the cia, served as deputy communications director for the bush/cheney '04 campaign, she's been to yemen, michael brennan is here, vice chair of the democratic national committee. jennifer, i'll start with you, jon talked to ambassador jordan, former ambassador to saudi arabia who said i have no problem with them closing the embassy, i did it several times in saudi arabia when there were obviously security concerns. your thoughts. >> first of all, i'm not familiar with the intelligence that went into this decision and i think that if you do have very credible intelligence sometimes these steps have to be taken but i think that that's the key. i certainly hope a decision like this was not made without having very credible intelligence that such an attack was imminent, otherwise i think these sorts of actions, it's hard to say they don't embolden those in yemen and other places in the region who are fighting attacks like that,
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like the christmas day attack. we do have to consider when we make these decisions the messages that they do send to our enemy. jane michael, i want to put up on the screen for you and viewers the comments from a person in the new york daily news, talking about what we're hearing from all sides, on the obama administration's stance on the war in terror, he said partisan attacks are the real national pasttime in american politics, while they seem -- while we seem to be unable to get out of our own way on big things, while the constant watch of words between left and right can somehow trivialize the most crucial issues of a world that has become less safe by the day. is this talk we're hearing actually harming? >> well, he makes a good point, and i think we do need to figure out how to take the politics out of terrorism. clearly, even during the bush days, i think ivan said in defending president bush that attacks about politics are just not right when it comes to securing the american people, so we do have to take the politics
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out of it and try to figure out what's the right thing to do for everyone. i know it's extremely difficult, it's very toxic environment on the hill and politics between the left and right, but some things i think everyone needs to come together on and be in agreement on and this clearly for some is not one of them. jane: jennifer, do you see value, though, in this debate? >> i think what you have are two different things. if you're talking about debating the policies that are being put in place, the framework that's put in place by this administration, there are people like myself who have serious policy disagreements with them. i think that one of the most unfortunately best illustrated examples was we have this nigerian terrorist who tried to actually detonate a bomb to kill american citizens, who was trained by al-qaeda, in an al-qaeda terrorist camp in yemen and we suddenly have given him the same rights as an american citizen would receive. that's a policy disagreement and one i think the administration needs to talk about because the american people need to understand that does not allow us to
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ask this man questions about what kind of training, who was involved, if there are other plots. we lost this critical stream of intelligence because of the changes in these policies and those are the the types of things we should be discussing. jane jon brennan -- john brennan would answer you big saying we could work out a plea deal and get that information out of him. michael, i want to ask you, democrats, i don't have to tell you, have been vulnerable on this security issue in the past, some would say the incident on the flight to detroit falls into the republicans' hands, it happened while the president happened to be on vacation, far far away, he didn't return from that vacation. perhaps there was an image issue there, some would way. how do the democrats avoid becoming vulnerable as we go forward to 2010 and an election? >> i don't think that the democrats are vulnerable because you say 24e are or -- they are or the right says they are. >> come on, michael. when you look back at previous presidential campaigns -- hold on. let's look at -- >> people from the right say
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that. it's not people from the left. >> michael, i can bring you democrats who say yes, in the past, it's -- >> fine. i can bring you republicans that support the president. that's not going to get you anywhere. >> but my premise is not wrong and it's not just a premise that comes from the right, it comes from several different people, any good political strategist would admit that. so go forward with your answer. i just want to make sure we're being fair, you're being fair to me, too. >> i'm being fair but i don't think the premise of your question is accurate. but anyway, i will try to answer your question. then you touched on that he's on vacation, which is not fair, either. the president worked every single day and you throw these things out in the question and that changes the premise of the question. so it's not fair the way the question was asked. jane that's why we give you time to respond. go for it. >> i am responding by how your question was asked. but at any rate, i do think that one of the things that people have talked about, trying to figure out yes, policy debates are very fair. clearly, that is fair game. but when you start making other attacks, i think that is the problem that i think
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the american people have, is how does that keep them safe, whether it's policy debates which are fair game or the other side, when is for political gain. i don't think the american people care about that part of it. that's where people get sucked into. it's very attractive for folks to try to talk about. jane: michael brown, thank you for your time, jennifer miller, thank you to you as well. >> thank you. jon: we are going to take you back to the extreme weather center, a frigid blast of winter is blowing across the eastern u.s., well into the south, in fact. record snowfall and low temperatures, slowing commuters and causing hundreds of school delays. rick leventhal is bundled up for this weather, outside the fox world news headquarters in new york. as far south as florida, the cold snap goes, huh? >> we're feeling it here, jon and down in the sunshine state as well, a deep chill
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there, keeping folks off the beach necessary miami, the temperatures just in the 50s that far south, the center of florida into the 30s and 40s to the north. in fact there's a warning given to residents, visitors and growers as well, and because of the cold temperatures, they're actually spraying crops in florida, intentionally, to freeze the outside of the crops so that the inside is protected from this very cold weather. they don't yet know whether or not the cold will harm the crops. it depends on how cold it gets and how long it stays sub zero, jon. jon: so here in the northeast, people are dealing with below-average temperatures as well. >> yes. jon: you can attest to that, right? >> it's warmed up to a balmy 24 degrees here in new york city. but to the north, it's much, much colder than that. it's 15 or less in buffalo today, not including the wind chill, and in vermont, over the weekend, burlington, the largest city in vermont, had its largest
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snowfall ever, they got 32 1/2 inches on january 2nd and 3rd, that tops the blizzard of 1969. imagine, 3 feet of snow, that's what they're dealing with in vermont today. jon: holy cow. rick leventhal, at least you don't have 3 feet of snow to stand in now. >> too bad. maybe tomorrow. jane: you told us about the president and his family arriving at andrews air force base. they have de planed from the trip to hawaii and he has a lot on his plate, not only the national security issue but also health care, they have to reconcile the how and senate bills going forward. as michael brown pointed out correctly, the president has plenty on his plate during vacation and now as he gets back to the mainland. jon: all right. we'll continue to watch the president as he gets back to work. in the meantime, it sowns like a superstition, but a lot of people that watch wall street believe in it. we're talking about the january effect, the theory
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that stock prices increased in the first few weeks of the year. now investors are hoping january might set the stage for a profitable new year. let's bring in jenna lee, reporting from the fox business network. how are -- are things looking up? >> they are looking up for the stock market, jon, and many people believe the way the market goes in january, so will the market go for the rest of the year. that's called the january barometer, speaking of weather a little bit. the january effect is something different. the january effect is really what happens during the first few weeks of the trading year, when people come back to work. many have sold stocks because they wanted to get a certain type of tax benefit. they come back to the market, trying to pick up stocks and get their portfolios going, and normally, we see some positive action in the stock market and we're certainly seeing that today. the january barometer again is something separate. these folks believe that as january goes, so will the market perform the same way. the stock traders' almanac put together research on
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this, jon. if you don't believe it, look at this, they looked back over the last 59 years and with the exception of only five times, this pattern has happened, and the times that it hasn't actually gone that way, let's say january starts off positive but the markets finish down, there was some major world event, whether vietnam or 9/11 that might have disrupted the market and some investors say you don't have to wait for the full month, look at the first five trading days of the year and if you look at the days, if they're positive, 86 percent of the time the market is positive for the year. so if you take a look at the positive, it's in positive -- at the market, it's in positive territory, knock on wood, we'll see what happens in the next four days. jon: and the dow is up now close to 160 points. >> exactly. jon: hope it sticks. jenna lee, thanks. jane: we've got breaking news out of las vegas. harris is on it. what's going on? >> we're getting word at least two federal marshals have been shot. i want to take you live to las vegas, to our affiliate
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there, you're looking at the right front of your screen, the tall building, the federal building, the federal courthouse where reportedly shots rang out in the lobby, and what we're hearing from u.s. marshals is that at least two federal marshals have been shot. they're reporting the gunman has been apprehended inside the federal courthouse in las vegas. this story is breaking, the details are just coming in. there apparently is also a suspicious vehicle, a truck parked outside. they're checking out to see if that had anything to do with these crimes. we are going to stay on this. i'm going to pick up the phone and try to find out more. but what's happening right now, in downtown las vegas, this building to the front right of your screen is on lockdown, parts of it have already been evacuated as at least two federal marshals, shot in the lobby of this federal courthouse. no word yet on whether or not they feel that this is isolated to the one gunman
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that they say they've apprehended. they say a shotgun was used in this. no word on whether or not they actually have that weapon. more on the flipside of this commercial break. stay close.
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jon: a new study is casting doubt on a belief that a special diet can help those who suffer in autism, the study study, it finds no evidence special diets help
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alleviate symptoms. let's talk about it with dark siegel a. fox news contributor and member of the fox news a team. doctor, i know there is a huge amount of controversy in the community of people who suffer from autism or have children who are suffering from autism about how it is caused and how it is best treated but a lot of people think a special diet is the key. what does this study say? >> actually, jon, this is 28 experts that got together from around the canada formed an expert panel and the key finding here is that in fact the behavior in autistic children can be a manifestation of a problem with either their stomach, constipation, diarrhea, and the panel is very concerned this behavior, that the problems in the stomach or the bowels has been overlooked. in other words, it's hard to get a person that can't communicate well to give you these symptoms. so they're concluding we should be talking more to the parents and that pediatricians should be more involved in trying to figure out if it's a problem with
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the bowel. nine to 70 percent of the autistic children, autistic spectrum disease, which is one out of 150 kids with developmental problems, have a problem with either the stomach or the bowels or reflux or constipation, often overlooked. this is a very, very important finding, jon. and again, your point is right, it's not that it's a cause of autism. that's a very important point. because back in the early 1990s, dr. wakefield over in britain claimed that the measles vaccine caused autism and created antibodies in the stomach. that's been totally disproven. we don't need anymore vaccine fear mongers, saber rattling among this. this is not the issue here. the issue here is that autistic children have g.i. complaints like anybody else and they're often overlooked. jon: but that would seem to argue for a special diet if they've got an abnormally high percentage of g.i. problem. >> it would seem to argue for that but it actually doesn't. that's a great point, jon. actually, they're not finding that a special diet
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helped. what they're saying, you know, look, if somebody is constipated, you'd better look into why, figure out, do an x-ray, do an evaluation, don't leave it alone, in other words, don't let the problem persist. it's not that they've decided that there's a treatment here. you're absolutely right. the panel has concluded that there is no special way to treat this. but what's really important is the art of medicine here, telling pediatricians to wake up and look at the patient and talk to the family. by the way, i want to make a point here about guidelines. these are not guidelines. and if they go one step further and try to issue federal guidelines about how to evaluate autistic spectrum disorder and the gastrointestinal tract, that will be ridiculous. this is about the art of medicine. one doctor, one patient. it's saying to the doctor, talk to the family. find out what's going on. but you're right, there's no magic bullet here. and the study concludes that you cannot determine from this that there's an instant cure of any kind. jon: so many parents are so confused as to the cause of what afflicts their children. what do you tell them? i mean, this just seems to
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take away a potential answer. it doesn't really shed any light on it. >> i don't agree, jon. i think the answer here, the headline here, is a lot of times, if your kid is acting out, if they're ang rerks if they're frustrated, if they're anxious, it may not be anything emotional, it may be your bowels. that's the take-home here. that's a very important point. doctors have to learn to think outside the box like that. we think in way too much of a narrow view. we say this kid is angry, he's battling with other kids, what's going on, you know, what upset him. well, it may be he hasn't gone to the bathroom in seven days. that's the point heemplet that's something that can never be emphasized enough. jon: dr. mark siegel from the medical a team, thank you. jane: we want to get back to harris who is watching this breaking news out of vegas, two federal marshals have been shot. harris, what have you learned? >> now they've surrounded the area now, shutting down awflt streets nearby, in downtown las vegas. you're looking now live at las vegas. fox affiliate kbbu, the building to concentrate on is the one on the right
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front screen, the federal building. just a short time ago, we learned a shootout happened in the lobby of this federal building, and that a shotgun was used. we're waiting to see whether or not they've gotten that weapon. reportedly, u.s. marshals say they've gotten the shooter in all of this. that person, that suspect, may have in fact been shot. i'm working on getting details there. but at least two federal marshals shot in the lobby of the courthouse in downtown las vegas. i'm going to hop off, get on the phone here and have more information for you on the other side of this commercial break. stay close.
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jane: want to take you to afghanistan where there have been deadly terror -- attacks in the southern part of the country, four soldiers have been killed in the attacks.
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connor powell is streaming live from kabul with more on what he has learned. connor? >> jane, these americans that were killed, these four americans, were the first four combat-related deaths of two on -- or 2010, rather, here in afghanistan. and they were killed in southern afghanistan, in a separate incident. there was a british soldier who was killed in southern afghanistan as well, in the past 24 hours. in both cases an improvised device, an i.e.d., were the weapons of choice. [inaudible] jane: looks like we're having trouble with that signal. we'll get back, as soon as we can, with connor and bring him to you. jon: there's a pretty serious situation underway in las vegas, a report two federal marshals have been shot at the federal courthouse. harris falkner has details. >> i just got off the phone with u.s. marshals, all i could confirm was the shootings, i cannot get the conditions yet of those, at
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least two federal officers who have been shot at the federal courthouse in downtown las vegas. the surrounding streets around the federal building and the downtown area, now all blocked off, that building has been evacuated. we do know that. and as people have been told to leave the area, stay out of the area, while they look at a couple of things, one, they say that they -- they, meaning the u.s. marshals, report that they have apprehended who they believe to be the shooter in this, they're check to go see if that person acted alone. still don't know whether or not they've picked up the weapon, the shot begun that -- shotgun that u.s. marshals say was used in this. the second thing they're looking into is a parked vehicle outside or on the front of the large building on the front right of your screen. right front is the federal building. they're checking to see if that vehicle had anything to do with the apprehended suspect or any of the crime that has been perpetrated this morning. so they are looking at that
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situation. were more people involved in this, a, and b, what does that vehicle have in it, and what does it have to do, if anything, with what we're watching now. as you can imagine, downtown las vegas, things kind of getting set for the new year, people going back to work, many of them for the first time since the holiday season has passed, getting set in their offices, and in the lobby, gunfire of the federal courthouse in downtown las vegas. now, as far as we know, there have been no other injuries outoh -- outside of the two federal marshals and again, i was not able while on the phone with the marshals' spokesperson, able to get their condition, not able to get that yet. family members, we're told, also have to be notified long before the media. we know that drill. that's one thing. but then consider this, also. you had all those people to evacuate, you've got system standing outside and as we do their investigation, a very populated area in
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downtown las vegas, las vegas, nevada, now, dealing with a federal courthouse shooting. i will stay ton and let you know the very latest -- latest. jon and jane. jon: sounds like a mess. thank you harris. jane: travelers coming to the united states are facing a much longer wait at check-in as the fed sets new rules for tighter security. the beefed up measures began this morning. will they make us any safer? we'll ask former assistant secretary of homeland security about these new procedures. rial can convert your long-term payout into a lump sum of cash today.
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jane: hello, everybody. top of the hour, fighting terror in yemen, security forces kill two militants outside of the capital today, but does the government there have the ability to finish the job? jon: family and friends of a missing utah woman are taking their search to cyberspace. susan powell disappeared december 7th. how they hope the internet might help them find this mother of two. jane: an nba star is set to meet with police, reportedly he got into an armed faceoff with his teammate. jon: there are reports that two federal marshals have been shot in las vegas inside the federal courthouse there. harris faulkner is on it from the breaking news desk. harris? >> federal marshals along with the suspect that marshals say
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they have apprehended, that person also was shot. the gunman is in custody but also shot. we don't know any of their conditions at this point. the shooting broke out in the lobby of the building located on las vegas boulevard between bridger and bonneville avenues for people who are familiar with it. it houses the federal bankruptcy court, that building has now been evacuated. streets surrounding it are off limits. drivers are urged to use alternate routes including interstate 15, parts of it, now, not accessible to drivers. what i have been able to learn from u.s. marshals is that, in fact, at least two federal marshals down. i don't know their conditions. they say that they can cannot give me their conditions right now, but it did happen inside the lobby of this building, and there was a shotgun involved in this. what the vehicle parked out front or alongside the building to the right of your screen has to do with all of this that they're taking a very close look
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at, we do not know. we don't know if there's the something inside that vehicle or if they're just looking to see if maybe it was a getaway vehicle, and also did the person who they've picked up, this gunman suspect, did he have anybody else with him? and all of this. open-ended questions that i'm trying to get answered through the federal marshals. as you can imagine, the scene that we started watching about 30 minutes ago had just a few police cars and flashing lights. now it is lit up like daylight down in the center of your screen, and we're hoping to maybe get a ground shot for you so you can see the first person perspective, the man and woman on the street who have been evacuated and where they are at this point. right now at least two federal marshals shot in the lobby of the federal courthouse, that building off to the right front of your screen. as i learn more, of course, i'll bring it to you, jane and jon. jane: we're just learning from one of the news radio stations
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that they say they do have the suspect in custody, authorities are not sure if this is the shooter, and there's a possibility, as harris mentioned there, that there may be another gunman on the loose. bob massi is a face you probably now well, he's one of our contributors who is based in vegas, knows this courthouse well. bob, can can you describe the security procedures inside the lobby of this federal courthouse? >> yeah. it's relatively new, the foley building who was a very famous federal judge here and family of lawyers. this, this security in this particular courthouse, there is not much space, if you will, jane, between the entrance of it and the actual security, you know, equipment that's there. maybe no more than, honestly, maybe 20 feet. so when this happened, it's a very modern building, literally what happened is you have, you walk in, and you're almost right there at the security itself. so insofar as how this happened, how quickly and the motive, we, obviously, don't know at this
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point in time. jane: yeah. so i think what you're saying is if somebody came in, it sounds like potentially, anyway, with a shotgun it would be pretty close range? >> i would think so. like i said, it would be sort of, like, maybe 20, 25 feet no more than that between the entrance and where the security is. obviously, i can't imagine they just walked in without some type of garment on to cover it up before they got into the courthouse. there's no other type of security before you enter the courthouse itself, so in order to get in, you have to go through the security like all courthouses in our country any more. jane: all right, bob, hang the line with us. jon: we have john schaffer who is the producer at news talk radio in las vegas. reports that these two officers are shot and down, what more do you know? >> we know that it happened inside the lobby of the federal courthouse, so it did happen in the building. that building has been evacuated. one suspect is in custody. they are still searching for what they believe may be a
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second suspect who's in the area somewhere. they've locked down a school nearby, they're evacuating that federal building downtown as a precaution while they search through there. again, looking for what may be a second suspect in this shooting. jon: is there a particular trial underway at the courthouse that this shooting is being tied to, or is it just too early to know? >> there is not. but there are reports it may have started outside as some sort of other altercation not involving anything dealing with the federal building at all, it just happened outside on the street there and ended up in the lobby. jon: because, you know, it would have started fairly early in the morning just as court was getting in session, i would think. >> right. that is correct. jon: and so the search for this other person, it sounds like a fair amount of mayhem. they don't really know if there is a second person involved? >> they don't know. there may be a second suspect at this point, but they do have las vegas boulevard and that area downtown closed off, all the areas surrounding the building are closed off.
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as i said, the las vegas academy, a nearby school, is on lockdown just as a precaution, and there are las vegas metro police officers everywhere in that area searching. jon: i'm sure for the parents of the kids at that school, a terrifying situation, really for anybody who's downtown right now. >> absolutely. and a lot of chaos as you can imagine with all the employees, many heading back from the three-day weekend we just had trying to get back into that work groove and then being faced with this. jon: all right, john schaffer from las vegas, get back to us if you learn anything new. thank you, john. >> thank you. jane: and, harris, the associated press has talked to las vegas police, and a spokeswoman said we don't know, but it looks like the shooter went in there, quote, and just started unloading. have you learned anything else? >> well, in terms of the shooter's kind of what he did when he went in, no, not so much. but this much we have learned about the fbi, the fbi says it
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is sending investigators, agents there immediately. they want to make it very clear that no fbi agents were involved in the shooting in las vegas. they say that there are indication cans it was also not the marshals who were shot, it was two federal protective service officers, and here's an interesting detail, jon and jane. according to the fbi, the federal protective service officers play the same kind of role as those officers who were shot at the holocaust museum last year and are often guarding federal buildings. the fbi field office in las vegas sending agents to the scene to help out with the investigation. they want to do things like evidence collection there, and then, again, to learn more about the identity of the suspect, whether that person was acting alone. you heard that radio representative there saying that that's a possibility as well. police and federal agents swarmed this multistory building not long ago. paramedics wheeling at least two people down a ramp to ambulances, so we know that
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there was immediate help p there and, jon, you mentioned the earliness of the hour. about #-- 8 a.m. las vegas time. las vegas police are saying that the shooter, according to them, according to their spokesperson, has been shot, possibly in the head and apprehended near the federal building. we don't have the conditions, again, of the two. now that we know more about them, federal protective service officers, those who would have been acting like guards for this building according to the fbi. so that's what i've been able to learn with regard to this. but, jane, what you describe is a very frightening situation. whether the courthouse was just opening or it was full of people, someone opening fire in a lobby of a federal building. jane: yeah. especially with bob's description of just how tight that building is. let us know if you learn anything else. >> sure. jon: we'll continue to the watch that situation underway right now in las vegas, but we want to take you to the white house where officials are defend thing
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their decision to put the man accused of trying to blow up a u.s. jet liner on trial in federal court. umar abdulmutallab is charged with that botched christmas day attack in detroit. he traveled to yemen to join al-qaeda where he was trained and armed by that terror group to carry out this attack, but abdulmutallab will be tried in a civilian court instead of a military tribunal. mike emanuel is live with more on that from washington. so the explanation from the obama administration for putting him in a criminal court, federal court trial. what is it, mike? >> well, jon, the administration points out that the bush administration tried people like the shoe bomber, richard reid, zacarias ma sow by in criminal courts. john brennan, the white house counterterrorism adviser, says there's an advantage to him talking in terms of plea agreements and the u.s. government is going to pursue that. >> he knows there are certain
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things that are on the table, and if he wants to, in fact, engage with us in a productive manner, there are ways that he can do that. >> so legally he does not have to talk, but it may be in his best interest to talk at some point. jon: what's some of the criticism? i know senator joe lieberman has called this move a very serious mistake. >> that's right. calling this attempted attack an act of war and says abdul abdulmutallab should be treated as a prisoner of war. he was trained, equipped and directed bilal al qaeda, and he argues he should be held in a military brig, jon. jon: and there are concerns about the risk of lost intelligence now that abdulmutallab has lawyers? >> well, that's right. critic say that valuable information has probably been lost. the white house argues there are still ways of getting information from him and does say abdulmutallab was talking to the people who detained him but now has a public defender and doesn't have to talk, jon. jon: mike emanuel in our
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washington bureau for us. mike, thank you. jane: well, the government of yemen says its forces have killed two al-qaeda fighters in clashes outside the capital today. the u.s. and british embassies are closed again today due to the threat of some sort of terrorist attack there. let's get to amy kellogg, she's monitoring all of this, she's in london for us. amy, the eyes of the world, certainly, are focused on yemen in the wake of this failed attack. why are we suddenly so interested in this country? >> well, jane, people watching the middle east and the arab world, particularly we're expecting out of trouble in yemen in 5-8 years 'time actually but it's all been accelerated, primarily experts say, because of economic problems. al-qaeda in the arabian peninsula is based in yemen, and that's where the bomb attack on christmas day was planned. so there's a lot of concern about the threat being posed in this area which is increasingly
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being seen as a fertile ground for terrorism. now, general david petraeus was in yemen over the weekend meeting with that country's president discussing ways in which the u.s. can help to support security efforts in yemen. currently, the u.s. gives about $70 million a year in that direction, but, of course, jane, the united states needs to be very careful about how it goes about dealing with the problem because al-qaeda started over anger with u.s. troops being on the arabian peninsula way back when. so the u.s. can help train and can back efforts, but troops can't be seen really on the ground in yemen, jane. jane: amy kellogg's monitoring this from london. jon: in just a moment, we're going to take you pack to las vegas where there is mayhem at the federal courthouse downtown. two federal officers, apparently, have been shot. a gunman also shot. the word is he used a shotgun, but very chaotic and confusing situation. also word that one suspect might still be on the loose.
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we'll take you back there, get you the latest information just ahead on "happening now."
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jon: we are continuing to watch that very serious situation unfolding right now in las vegas where two federal officers, apparently, have been shot in the lobby of the federal courthouse downtown. on the phone with us now, kristin flowers of news radio 840, kxnt in las vegas. kristin, what new information can you bring us? >> well, of course, it's just
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massive hysteria down at our lloyd george federal courthouse building. what we know right now is one of the shooters has been shot, he's been shot in the head, but there's a possible second shooter that's on the loose. now, they have a perimeter set up around the courthouse where they're searching for him if he fled on foot, but they're also searching inside the building. so far they've cleared about eight different floors and, of course, just evacuating the pedestrians in the area, making sure it's just federal and metro police that are out there around this building. jon: i know it must be a crazy and chaotic situation at the moment, but is there any indication as to what start thed all this? >> you know what? we're just getting initial reports right now, no word on what started this at this point. jon: because there was one, one report that maybe it started actually outside the building and just sort of moved to the inside almost by accident. >> yeah. you know, we actually heard that, too, but what we do know is that the shooting actually took place inside of the courtroom.
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there had been initial points that it had taken place on the steps. it may have escalated and resulted inside of the federal courthouse, that's where the officers were shot. jon: the bulletin from the associated press quotes an fbi agent as saying that the gunman in this federal building shooting in las vegas is dead. have you been able to confirm that at this point? >> yes. we do believe that he has been shot in the head, and he has been killed. jon: yeah. and with the kind of am ammunitn that law enforcement authorities wield, a head shot is going to bring that kind of result. >> absolutely. jon: what's happening downtown? i know there was a school under lockdown? >> yes. right now they have a multiple-block perimeter that's been set up around the courthouse, and they're evacuating everything in that area. jon: kristin flowers from kxnt radio in the las vegas, thanks for the information. jane: and kristin had the headline that we are learning from the fbi, that the shooter in this case has been killed.
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what about these two law enforcement officers who have been shot? let's get to dave oney, he's a spokesperson for the group, he is in washington. i'm told we're having a little bit of a communication problem with him. we will try to reestablish that line and get right back to him. jon: so once again, you're looking at live pictures from downtown las vegas where this shooting just took place within the last hour, hour and a half. at the federal courthouse. we'll continue to watch it, be back in just a moment. çrrrrrrrr
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jane: want to take you back vegas and show you what is going on outside the federal courthouse. it's been described as chaotic
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as two law enforcement officers have been shot in the lobby of the federal courthouse we're told there. the fbi has just confirmed that the gunman has been shot in the head and has been killed. let's get today oney with the u.s. marshals service on the phone now. initially, they were described as u.s. marshals, can you tell us what agencies they're from? >> yes. they're deputy u.s. marshals and court security officers. they were shot at the lloyd d. george federal courthouse this morning about 8:00. jane: and what do we know about their condition? >> we don't know their condition. jane what can you tell us about what happened here? >> all i know is that a deputy marshal and a court security officer were shot at the federal courthouse this morning. the gunman's been apprehended, the condition of our employees is unknown, but we'll provide more information as it becomes available. jane: dave, there was a possibility there was a second
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shooter or, you know, an accomplice in this case. what can you tell us about that? >> i don't have any information about that. jane: can you describe what the security procedures are like in this courthouse? >> not really. you know, i don't know what the setup is there in vegas, i'm not familiar with that area. jane: okay, dave, if you will let us know as soon as you hear some word. >> will do. thanks very much. jon: the new security rules in effect today for all passengers on u.s.-bound flights. some could face random screening, other travelers from 14 specific countries either considered state sponsors or terrorism or countries of interest will face mandatory extra screening such as body scans, patdowns, additional baggage checks. those 14 nations include afghanistan, nigeria, iraq as well as yemen, somalia and pakistan. so are the new security measures enough to keep us reasonably safe? let's talk about it with former department of homeland security
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assistant secretary for border and transportation security stuart verderi. stuart, first of all, this idea that you're going to select these 14 nations, subject their citizens to extra screening, is that a prudent move? >> well, i think it is. we do this in other environments already. we do interviews, we make certain, people from certain countries go through secondary screening when they arrive at u.s. airports, so i think it is prudent, and also they're going to couple this with random screening of other people that are particularly risky in the eyes of customs and tsa. jon: but doesn't that amount to profiling? isn't that technically illegal? >> profiling's not illegal, it's a prudent thing to do. you have got to remember that they're not only protecting americans come canning back to the united states, but other foreign guests as well. it's a prudent step to respond to the crisis at hand. jon: so much is being made of the fact that the dots were not connect canned in this abdulmutallab case, the guy who
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is suspected of trying to bring down that northwest airlines jet over detroit, and yet so much of the information seemed to come from the guy's own father. i mean, if al-qaeda were a little bit more careful with the kind of people that it trained and sent on these missions in the future, might they not find somebody whose father is a little less concerned about his whereabouts and doesn't pick up the phone, doesn't visit the embassy? >> well, that's a good point. these precautions being announced and implemented today are designed to fight against certain risky plots and those types of things, but they're not going to solve everything. we need to do more in term thes of screening every passenger for explosives coming overseas. that's foreign airport workers working under tsa's supervision. we've got to do a better job on connecting the dots from people from all countries. at the same time, we have to remind people we want legitimate business people and tourists and students to come to the united states. we need to make sure they know
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they're welcome and they're going to be protected while they're in midair. jon: what about that full-body scanner screening technology? have oh, it's definitely going to be part of the mix. it's not a silver bullet by any stretch, but it will deter certain types of plots. they ought to be implemented and deployed. the privacy arguments against them need to be rejected. we need to get them out there, and if people feel particularly uncomfortable about the machines, they can always ask for the full patdown. i'm sure some people would love to have that. jon: we've seen some of the crazy kind of screening, i mean, my 12-year-old daughter has been selected for extra screening, grandmothers in wheelchairs being selected just because we don't want to offend anybody. why not save the money, why not, you know, really hone in on the risk groups that are the problem here and let grandma go through in her wheelchair? >> i think that's one of the things that's being done here, especially with overseas flights. the bulk of the resources are
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going to people that are deemed more risky. men, people from certain country cans, people with certain travel patterns, people with patterns of buying their tickets and the like. as you say, we've gone to a one size fits all screening mentality. we need more things like registered travel programs where people who are willing to put up their information and go through special screening, get an expedited path through. those kinds of things make sense, and this, hopefully, will be an opportunity to revisit some of those types of programs. jon: all right. stuart verdery, thank you. >> thank you. jane: we continue to watch what's happening in downtown las vegas. a gunman has opened fire in the federal courthouse there. initial reports say he had a shotgun in the lobby. he's been killed. he hit two law enforcement officers. we're waiting right now for word on their conditions. also government security forces in yemen are said to be pushing back against al-qaeda there. the country has crushing poverty, a lot of domestic problems and this growing insurgency. can yemen take on al-qaeda on
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jon: a fox news alert and back to las vegas, now, for more on that very strange story of a gunman who apparently opened fire in the lobby of the federal courthouse there. there is at least one fatality the. harris faulkner is on it from the breaking news desk. harris? >> yeah, i was actually on the phone with the las vegas metro police when i learned the severity of -- and i wasn't sure it was fatal, but i knew he'd been shot in the head, the suspect, and then the u.s. marshals office confirmed for me that, quote, the shooter no longer poses an additional threat, end quote. so what we don't know yet are the conditions of the federal officer, the deputy u.s. marshal that is and the court security officer who were pote shot in the lobby -- both shot in the lobby of the federal courthouse in las vegas. they are holding out at
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university medical center the trauma center to see if they will be taken there, so we can look out for that. and then the other thing is that entire building was evacuated to a courthouse across the street. and right now what they're doing is they're going floor by floor to clear that federal building. once they feel like that has been done -- and that's actually what we're watching live on the screen right in the center now -- as the fbi has now joined las vegas metropolitan police along with other federal law enforcement agents to go floor by floor to clear that building. so far there is no indication to believe that the gunman in this had any other accomplice, had any other help, but they have to clear this building to make sure. and still no word on what that vehicle, now, that's parked out in front that may have belonged to the shooter has in it or how it may have played a role. that is another thing that the u.s. marshals and both the
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metropolitan police told me they are, in fact, working on. once they clear this building depending where they are in the workday, they may open it back up, they may not at this point. we're waiting to learn the conditions of that deputy u.s. marshal and that court security officer who were doing their jobs in the lobby of the las vegas courthouse in the downtown the las vegas when they were shot. we know the weapon at least from the metropolitan police was a shotgun. back to you, jon. jon: harris faulkner, thank you. >> sure. jon: of course, it raises all kinds of questions about security in federal buildingses right now. our adam houseley is in los angeles with a bit more information on that. adam? >> yeah, jon, you know, we've done stories at this courthouse in las vegas on las vegas boulevard south. it's a very new courthouse when you take a look at it, so it has all the latest security-type of updates you might find. generally, when you go into this courthouse or here in los angeles, there's very strict security measures. right at the front entrance they
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have the, you get checked, of course, everything from a possible patdown search but also they have the actual x-ray machine that you go through and put all your items down. there's at least three officers on duty generally at any given time as you look at live pictures from las vegas. we do know at this point from the contacts we've spoken to already this morning, it is a bit chaotic, like any scene you might find when you have breaking news like this. they don't believe at this hour there is a second gunman, however, they have to insure there is no second gunman. they have to make sure of a that. that's one thing harris was talking about as they go, literally, floor by floor. the one interesting note about this building, it's a newer building. there are no other high-rises around it. when you get towards the front of this courthouse, there's actually an open public area with plants and places to sit down or congress regate. we don't know if the shooting took place there or inside the front door, but generally the
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federal buildings have those security screening points right at the front door. i mean, literally a foot or two inside, so you don't have a chance to really walk into the lobby and then go through security, it's actually as the door opens, jon. jon: all right, adam houseley joining us from los angeles, thanks for joining us. the word -- go ahead, jane. jane: just one interesting thing, we're still trying to figure out exactly what happened, you know, and what the motive was for this shooting this morning, but just one interesting note to add to this, we're told that inside that federal courthouse in addition to the courtrooms, there are offices for two u.s. senators, harry reid and john ensign, there as well. as soon as we get more on the conditions of these two officers, we'll bring all that information straight to you. in the meantime, we want to get to what's happening in yemen today, taking on al-qaeda there. military forces have been clashing with militants outside the country's capital. two fighters believed to be behind some of the threats to the u.s. and british embassies were said to have been killed
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today. both of those embassies remain closed for a second day because of threats to security. yemen is deploying forces into a region controlled by an al-qaeda splinter group, the same group linked to the suspect who failed to detonate a bomb on christmas day. the government has a host of domestic issues to deal with there, so it's a legitimate question to ask, can this country handle the growing al-qaeda presence? let's get to general tony schafer, good to see you. the big question is should u.s. troops be on the ground there? >> i think that you've got to consider that as a realistic expectation to do something relating to those safe havens. we have a very complex situation there on the ground. the government itself is unstable, they have rebels in the south, there's breakaway provinces, so the stability of the region is very much in question. what we need to do is find a way to actually put force on the ground -- forces on the ground
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to take these safe havens out and do it in such a way that we work with the saudis. one of the things that's been very clear in the war on terrorism in that region is that saudi money does a lot to fund these splinter groups that are conducting the training and dispatching of these forces. we've got to push the saudis to do the right thing here because they are equally targeted by these groups. i don't know if we have the ability to do that yet or not. jane: following the money is what you're talking about here. >> yes, exactly. jane: i have another question related to money, though, we're talking about doubling our aid to yemen. is that something that can be effective, and when we talk about the government being stable, not stable, can we trust with what they do with that money? >> we have to look at what we do with pakistan. we gave pakistan tons of money with no accountability, it didn't work. we have to expect something in return. therefore, when we go do into this, we have to set up a level of expectation to say these are the benchmarks we expect you to achieve for us, and these are the results we want to have.
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if the we don't do that, we'll throw good money after bad and, clearly, we have an opportunity to go in and do some good, make some progress and maybe even help stabilize a government if we do it correctly. jane: when you look at this issue as a military man, what is the number one thing you would do? is it strictly to follow the money? is there something else to think outside the box that we haven't done yet? >> well, there's two issues besides the money. the first is command and control. you've got to cut the head off the leadership. we generally have a good idea of who they are, what they're doing. the 17th of december we attacked the leadership of al-qaeda there, that was effective. the other thing is the war of psychology. we've not been doing well to win this battle in the press. we need to be smarter than them, figure out a way to actually reframe things because right now the appearance is al-qaeda has momentum. it's like a football game. they've got the momentum right now and, frankly, we've got to change that perception that we are back in the game and we can do things to win. it's a hugely difficult
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challenge, and that's something the pentagon and the intelligence community with the state department have to work all together to do. jane: colonel, with all due respect, i feel like we have been talking about that same issue certainly since the wake of 9/11. >> absolutely. jane: what specifically can we do? >> well, we did it during world war ii, something called operation bodyguard fooled the germans. we have to do kind of a reverse where we put the information out to show how we're making progress and how we're trying to help. and this is something i think the obama administration would want to embrace. this is called soft war, you know, information operations. it takes intellectual warriors to do that. you can't just drag people off the street and do this, this takes some thinking. and it's one of those things i think the pentagon is actually doing a review of right now, trying to bring back informational operations as a viable tool. jane: good to see you, colonel, thank you. >> thank you, jane. jon: some new developments in the case of those five young americans held in pakistan as
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terror suspects. the men appearing in a pakistan courtroom today denying charges they planned to carry out terror attacks. but authorities say they plan to charge the five under that nation's antiterrorism laws and seek life sentences for them. scott hideler is streaming live from the pakistani capital of islamabad. so what's the next step for these five americans, scott? >> jon, well, the next court date is january 18th for these five americans, and that is going to be in front of an antiterror court. that's the city where they were captured back in december. they were arrested amid tight security today they made their first appearance in front of a court. one of the five said their aim was to wage jihad against western forces in afghanistan saying that we are not terrorists because jihad is not terrorism. the court has remanded the men to prison for the next 14 days to allow the police to get their case together. the police plan on charging them with terrorism and seek life in
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prison sentences. the defense attorney for the americans said that they did not have plans to carry out terrorist attacks here within pakistan or even outside of pakistan and also denied that his defendants had any connection to al-qaeda or the taliban. the pakistani civil aviation taking steps today to beef up security for passengers bound for the united states as this country is one of the 14 nations directed by the tsa to add new security measures in the wake of that failed attempt to bomb a delta jet as it approached detroit airport on christmas day. a pakistani official confirmed to fox news that the new measures mandated by the tsa have been implemented in the two main international airports here in pakistan, that's karachi and najar. warning pakistanis or anyone in pakistan traveling to the united states that these new security measures are being in place and to expect delays and to expect the patdown and full-body scans before they travel to the united states.
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jon? jon: all right, scott hideler reporting live from islamabad, thanks. jane: well, this man hunt we've been telling you about for a month now has finally come to an end. police have nabbed the guy accused of gunning down his own family including his young cousin, all on thanksgiving. how did they get him finish ? 'ún
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>> i'm trace gallagher, coming up, some lawmakers say when they go back into session, they want to focus almost solely on fighting terrorism. the question is, what does that do to the health care debate? some fascinating insight coming up on that and a lot more top of the hour on "the live desk." we'll see you then. jane: he was on the run for weeks, now the hunt is over for a man accused of murdering his own family members on thanksgiving day. paul merhige was captured in the florida keys thanks to a tip
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from the tv show, "america's most wanted." they say he shot to death his aunt, a 6-year-old girl, his cousin, and his twin sisters, one of whom was expecting a baby. phil keating is in miami with more of the details, this new information shows there were really plenty of warning signs here. >> absolutely, jane. newly-released court documents, the father of the suspect, paul merhige, telling investigators that his son had stopped taking his antianxiety medication. he had basically been estranged from his entire immediate family for about 10-13 years and that he had an ongoing grudge that he would never let go and would bring up every time he was around his family members about him claiming his family members never really took care of him or did enough to take care of him. he has clearly had a history of mental illness, and in photos now you can see the photo taken on the left, that was before he was apprehended in the motel
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room saturday night and the mug shot taken over the weekend is on the right. you can see he shaved his head and he also grew a beard out to help disguise his identity. back to the thanksgiving evening party, the father of the youngest victim, the 6-year-old girl, michaela, he says that he had no idea that the suspect was even coming over to his house to attend thanksgiving with the 16 other family members until shortly before he showed up looking for directions. jane: phil, it sounds like this guy had basically hunkered down. >> yes. turned out, you know, there was a nationwide man hunt here, the u.s. marshals put him at the top 15 of most-wanted fugitives, but lo and behold he only ended up about 75 miles southwest of miami on an island called long key. it's a pretty remote stretch of the keys in between key largo and key west, but he was in the edgewater lodge motel, and the owners say that he checked in under a fake name, paid cash up
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front for two weeks and told them don't send any housekeeping people to the motel room, i'm going to take care of everything myself. and they say aside from doing laundry, they rarely ever saw him, in fact, other hotel guests also said they never saw him barely at all either. but inside the motel room, investigators found jars of peanut butter, multiple cans of beans, fig newtons in the fridge, plenty of fresh fruit and water. so all he wanted was internet access and, apparently, he was on the internet when the u.s. marshals broke through the sliding glass door and through in the flash grenade and apprehended him saturday night. jane: wow. and i know there was a reward out. what happens to that? >> looks like it's probably going to be going to the two motel owners. they saw him on the air watching local tv, wsvn, it's a local fox station in miami. the newscast was doing a story right after a bowl game saturday night previewing the upcoming
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show, "america's most wanted," so they recognized the mug shot, and they were very confident that was him at their motel. so that's when they called the tip line, and within a couple of hours he was under arrest. jane: phil keating in miami for us, phil, thanks. jon: an indiana restaurant goes up in flames. check out this video. getting this fire under control not an easy job for firefighters. we'll explain in three minutes. are you receiving a payout from a legal settlement or annuity over 10 or even 20 years? call imperial structured settlements. the experts at imperial can convert your long-term payout into a lump sum of cash today.
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jane: did you know it's most likely cold outside depending on where you live, and take a look at this restaurant fire in indianapolis. we have pictures. it was so cold, water in the hydrants was freezing. it took crews about 15 minutes to find a hydrant that actually
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worked that was not frozen. fortunately, nobody was hurt. is there relief in sight? hello. >> may maybe? for now we're dealing with a deep freeze, unfortunately, for much of the workweek for much of the country. minus 3 in minneapolis, 16 in chicago, 6 in kansas city as far as south as florida where they're going to dip into the 20s tonight. current wind chill in minneapolis, feels like minus 15. a hard freeze warning for jacksonville, florida, as far south as central florida. temperatures in the 30s through thursday, and that could damage crops so we're keeping an eye on florida as well as georgia, the southeast. look at the cold air in place overnight tonight, 19 in montgomery, 19 in atlanta, and with that cold air in place, we have a storm system that's going to start to brew over the next several days, we could see significant snow across the deep south and southeast.
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let's zoom in on where we're seeing a little bit of southern snow, we could still see snow flakes in mississippi and alabama. lake effects downwind of erie and ontario as well as michigan. let's look at this into thursday, look at this storm system starting to brew. a lot of gulf moisture, we could see some southern snow as we get into thursday and friday. weather center's going to be busy this week, guys. jane: okay, j.d., we count on you to watch it for us. jon: let's check back in with harris faulkner regarding that shooting in las vegas. >> jon, remember all those employees they had to move out of that federal courthouse? now they are pg moved to the las vegas academy all in concert. they're being walked and protected, i'm told, by police over to the las vegas academy which will be the new staging area to process those evacuees, some of them, obviously, witnessing at least the scene as they walked past the lobby. there are k-9s at all the
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advances now at the federal courthouse. agents inside, fbi joining them going floor by floor to clear or that building. we do know the shooter was shot and killed. what we have learned is that after the shooting of those two officers in the lobby, he did make it out, that shooter and, in fact, there was a short chase. and then he was shot and killed in the head. so the scene that you're seeing now are those employees who were evacuated from the courthouse and downtown las vegas. back to you guy thes. jon: harris faulkner, thanks. jane: it's an issue that certainly doesn't sit well with homeowners, the government can take your property without your permission. one case in the state of washington has a lot of people scratching their heads.anncr vot we'll tell you about it next. . anncr vo: ...find a nearby tow truck or gas station... anncr vo: ...call emergency services... anncr vo: ...collect accident information. anncr vo: or just watch some fun videos.
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jane: imminent domain has been going on for hundreds of years when the government can take over private property for public use. a case in washington state certainly raising a lot of eyebrows. the municipality there is seizing a private parking lot to build a public parking lot. dan springer is in seattle. explain what the city wants to do here. >> yes. the city has condemned a 45-acre parcel of land which sits right next to the airport. they won a big entertainment center. right now there is a parking lot. part of their plan includes a public parking lot where right now there is a private parking lot. in addition they want to put up restaurants and shops and stoned as ever to a private developer and really have economic development. while a small parcel of land would be held for public use the majority would be sold to a private developer. >> we have a desire, and we
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believe that our citizens have a desire to drive through a city which is more than just parking flies, which is more than just parking lots. >> condemnation should only be used for a true public uses. taking away someone's private property to sell you can generate more tax revenue, i don't think that is what the framers of either the federal constitution or the state constitution had in mind. >> and for the private owner is implied it is a horrible deal. the city is offering them $2 million less than what they paid for that land. is it legal? according to the state constitution you cannot take private land and use it for private development. there has been supreme court rulings in tt